Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe


Weight 528 g / 1 lb 3 oz (50 cm hammer with leash)
Pick Tech Pick: Chromoly steel
Head Head, Hammer/Adze, Spike: stainless steel
Shaft Aluminum
Grip Dual-density

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Manufacturer's Description

The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.

  • Climbs steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests
  • Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick
  • Comfortable, dual-density molded grip
  • Lockdown Leash included
  • CEN-B certified

Visit Black Diamond's Venom Adze Ice Axe page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Perfect for light-and-fast ski mountaineering and alpine climbs, the Black Diamond Venom Adze ice axe offers an interchangeable pick, sliding FlickLock pommel and ergonomically shaped, angled shaft.


The Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe is an ice tool for alpine Climbing and ski mountaineers. Ergonomic in shape, the angled shaft delivers Technical function out on the mountain. Adjust quickly with the FlickLock pommel to get the most out of every climb and situation. Features of the Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe Stainless steel head with integrated adze or hammer Interchangeable pick construction is compatible with all BD picks Asymmetrical angled shaft with integrated grip for ergonomic handling Hammer comes with Mountain Tech pick, Adze comes with Mountain Classic pick Adjustable FlickLock pommel CEN-B certified Designed for weight conscious alpinists and ski mountaineers A fully interchangeable pick, sliding FlickLock pommel An ergonomically shaped, angled shaft

- Moosejaw

Compact and light enough to stash and carry when not needed, the Black Diamond Venom Adze is more technical than the Raven or Swift. The Venom is for alpinists and ski mountaineers who want a swingable ice axe for climbing steeper alpine terrain, as well as a piolet-style axe for lower-angle snow climbing.

- Mountain Gear

A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest type of climbing for which to select an appropriate tool. It used to be that you could either have a good ice tool that sucks for self-arrest or a standard ice axe that can barely climb a pitch of easy ice. Not anymore. Black Diamond designed the Venom Ice Axe to self-arrest and plunge into the snow easily but still offer good ice performance.